New front and back ends and standard infotainment features mark biggest changes.
Last fall, we brought you news of the 2018 Golf facelift which was released in Europe last year as the 2017 Series-7 Golf.
While we have yet to reveal the Canadian model, the European version was recently on display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Zack Spencer, from Driving Television took it for spin to Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a Unesco Heritage site on the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva.
Referring to the Golf as “Audi Light”, Zack goes through some of the existing features that have made the Volkswagen Golf popular with Canadian Drivers alongside new ones like the redesigned front and back ends including new bumpers, air intakes, head lamps and LED taillights.
Watch the video to find out which European model features will be available on the redesigned 2018 Golf, Golf-R and e-Golf.
2018 Tiguan, redesigned Golf and Arteon make a stop in Geneva
The annual Geneva Motor Show has a reputation as one of the most interesting in the world. It is the show where supercars and concept cars share the stage with more commonly sought-after models. For Volkswagen, it’s a chance to preview new models that will be coming to market in the next 6-12 months, some of which will be coming to Canada.
In keeping with tradition, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept was on display alongside the All-New 2018 Tiguan with optional 3rd row seating. Also on display was the 2018 Golf, refreshed and ready for action, as well as the All-New 2018 Arteon.
If you haven’t yet heard about I.D. Buzz, it’s an all-electric self-driving concept that runs on our new MEB platform. The micro-bus style concept draws inspiration from the popular Volkswagen Campervan and has an estimated range of up to 600 kilometres.
While I.D. Buzz may be a few years way, coming soon to Canada is the much-talked about All-New 2018 Tiguan. The newly redesigned SUV is longer and is available with an optional 3rd row seat that provides additional versatility for hauling cargo or passengers.
Also, making an appearance, was the newly refreshed 2018 Golf. Its new look includes a redesigned front and back end, a bigger Infotainment system display, and standard App-Connect. Check out the full MotorMouth video review of the 2018 Golf here.
Perhaps the most talked-about Volkswagen model at the Geneva auto show was the All-New 2018 Arteon. Currently, only to be available in Europe, it’s a 5-passenger, 5-door, high-style lift back GT model sedan. There’s no word yet on whether or not it’s coming to Canada, but if and when it does, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Volkswagen Manager of PR, Thomas Tetzlaff was recently in Geneva to give us a closer look at all four Volkswagen models. Watch now.
Last week, AJAC, the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada, bestowed top honours on the All-New 2017 Golf Alltrack, naming it Canadian Car of the Year.
The award, which was announced at the Canadian International Autoshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, comes on the heels of Alltrack winning AJAC BEST NEW LARGE CAR. President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., Maria Stenström, was on hand to accept the award.
“It is such a great honour to have AJAC name the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack as their car of the year. […] Thank you so much to all the members of AJAC for this recognition.”
Alltrack beat out BMW M2 and Hyundai Elantra with a total score of 680 points, receiving top marks for exterior styling, throttle and engine, and transmission performance, in addition to cargo and safety features, to name a few.
The AJAC Awards were created by journalist members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market. Each year, the top automotive journalists from across Canada gather to evaluate new or significantly improved vehicles making their debut on the market. The evaluation is based on real-world back-to-back testing to ensure the most relevant results possible. At the end, the best new vehicles in various categories are selected as well as an overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Auto123.com and AJAC both select Alltrack as a top pick
The 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack has made its mark in Canada. Recently, website Auto123.com and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) respectively, bestowed two awards on our newest addition.
The 2017 Edition of the Auto123.com Awards were recently announced. We’re proud to report that Golf Alltrack came out on top as “Subcompact SUV of the Year”. Along with the Alltrack, the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V rounded out this year’s finalists.
In addition, AJAC announced their Canadian Car of the Year Awards today. We’re also pleased to announce that the 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack received the AJAC Award for BEST NEW LARGE CAR. Along with the Alltrack, category finalists included the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and the Kia Optima HEV.
The AJAC Awards were created by journalist members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market. Each year, the top automotive journalists from across Canada gather to evaluate new or significantly improved vehicles making their debut on the market. The evaluation is based on real-world back-to-back testing to ensure the most relevant results possible. At the end, the best new vehicles in various categories are selected as well as an overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. A “Best New Technology” award is also chosen.